CONVICTION CATEGORIES

When considering personal convictions, it is important to realize that all issues in the church will ultimately fall into three broad categories: Things for which we prefer, perish, or preach:

PREFER:
At one end are things that are mere personal preferences that we have no business imposing on others.

PERISH:
At the other end are the clear Biblical doctrines that we will perish for, or condemn as perishing those who forsake them (such as Jesus being raised from the dead, which Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 15:17, "...If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless..." (NASV)

PREACH:
In-between are the more debatable issues. We might be very convinced of our conclusions on these matters. We should, consequently, strive to preach these conclusions to others, so that they might also know these truths. But in the end, we must not confuse "perish" with "preach." We must not "cut off" and condemn people without clear Biblical authority to do so. We must apply the principles of Romans 14 to all debatable issues, and allow the love and grace of God to prevail.

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